2013 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 4 live updates, blog

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    The 2013 Vuelta a Espana continues with a rugged Stage 4. As the peloton cycle 189km from Lalin to Fisterra. Join us for live updates from 12.00am AEST.

    Revisiting the beautiful Galician coast during the later third of the stage, the strong North-Easterly winds predicted could cause some havoc.

    With the wind possibly contributing to a fast finish as the peloton change direction approaching Fisterra, as they begin to benefit from a tailwind.

    Used as the finish for Stage 12 of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana, the Mirador de Ézaro could have an affect on the race.

    While just 1.8km in length, an average gradient of 13 percent will cause some splits in the peloton. A perfect example of being slapped in the face by sudden rises in gradient.

    Lying just 34km from today’s finish near Fisterra, it could be a struggle for those distanced by the Mirador de Ézaro to rejoin the action at the front of the race.

    Anyone who does rejoin the front of the race could discover themselves spent come the time to contest the stage’s finish.

    Whilst there is only a modest rise from the seaside town of Fisterra up to the finishing line. An average gradient of 3.4 percent spread over roughly 2.5km will challenge the strength and positioning of those contesting the stage victory.

    An early breakaway should form once again. However, the breakaway may be on a tighter leash due to the Mirador de Ézaro’s presence.

    I foresee three potential outcomes where either; the peloton fails to reel in the original breakaway, a strong group of riders later break away, or a weakened bunch sprint eventuates.

    Prepare the caffeine and steady yourself for yet another exciting stage finale in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. Remember to join us from 12.00am AEST for live updates.

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    • Roar Guru

      August 28th 2013 @ 12:01am
      Matthew Boulden said | August 28th 2013 @ 12:01am | ! Report

      Hello and welcome to The Roar’s live coverage of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. I will be taking you through the night’s Stage 4, as the peloton cycle 189km from Lalin to Fisterra, “The End of the World”..

    • Roar Guru

      August 28th 2013 @ 12:03am
      Matthew Boulden said | August 28th 2013 @ 12:03am | ! Report

      If you missed yesterday’s Stage 3, Chris Horner of Radioshack-Leopard won both the stage and the Maillot Rojo (Red Jersey). The 41 year old American, who will be 42 soon, leads Vincenzo Nibali of Team Astana by just three seconds.

    • Roar Guru

      August 28th 2013 @ 12:06am
      Matthew Boulden said | August 28th 2013 @ 12:06am | ! Report

      Whilst the Mirador de Ézaro may only be categorised as a Category 3 climb today, with sections of road with gradients up to 30% it will challenge even the best climbers.

    • Roar Guru

      August 28th 2013 @ 12:10am
      Matthew Boulden said | August 28th 2013 @ 12:10am | ! Report

      We have five plucky riders out in front of the peloton in the early breakaway of the day. The five riders are:

      59. Danilo Wyss of Team BMC
      84. Nicolas Edet of Cofidis
      109. Jussi Veikkanen of FDJ.fr
      149. Dennis Vanendert of Lotto-Belisol
      118. Alex Rasmussen of Garmin-Sharp

    • Roar Guru

      August 28th 2013 @ 12:11am
      Matthew Boulden said | August 28th 2013 @ 12:11am | ! Report

      The peloton have so far ridden the stage at an average speed of 30.4 KM/H.

    • Roar Guru

      August 28th 2013 @ 12:13am
      Matthew Boulden said | August 28th 2013 @ 12:13am | ! Report

      The current lead of the sole breakaway at the 57km to go mark is just over five minutes at 5’05”. The usual rule for such a day is for every 10km the peloton can wipe a minute off the lead of the peloton. However, the Category 3 Mirador de Ézaro complicates matters.

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